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June 15, 2016

Celebrate National Martini Day by sipping on these eight Philly drinks

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National Martini Day, celebrating the popular drink, falls on June 19. The cocktail is traditionally made with gin and vermouth, then garnished with an olive or lemon twist. However, over the years, the martini has evolved to include various kinds of liquors, garnishes and mix-ins.

Celebrate the classic cocktail by sipping on any of these eight popular Philly martinis.

The El Coqui:

An espresso-based martini with Bacardi 8 rum and Licor 43, finished off with Stumptown espresso can be found at Bar Bombon, a Puerto Rican restaurant known for using only plant-based and non-GMO ingredients.

Bar Bombon
133 S. 18th St.
(267) 606-6612

Val’s Garden: 

Liberte Lounge’s signature martini is inspired by the Sofitel Hotel's sustainable rooftop garden. Val’s Garden is made with Uncle Val’s gin, St. Germain, cucumber, mint and lime. A sprig of thyme garnishes each drink.

Liberte Lounge
120 S. 17th St.
(215) 569-8300

The Twizzle:

Both Continental Mid-Town and Old City's Continental serve this retro martini. The drink is simple: Smirnoff citrus vodka, strawberry puree and lemon. The red licorice wheel that is added to each martini, though, makes the drink unique.

Continental Mid-Town
1801 Chestnut St.
(215) 567-1800


Continental Old City
138 Market St.
(215) 923-6069

Classic Chocolate Martini:

Chocolate lovers rejoice. Milk chocolate and white chocolate are mixed with Absolut vanilla and creme de cacao liquor for this martini. Each drink is garnished with a chocolate-drizzled strawberry.

Max Brenner
1500 Walnut St.
(215) 344-8150

Berries and Bubbles:

This martini is made with Belvedere Citrus Vodka, marinated berries, house-made sour and Domaine Chandon Brut. Ocean Prime even shares the exact recipe because the cocktail is so popular.

Ocean Prime
124 S. 15th St.
(215) 563-0163

Lychee Kiss:

To create this martini raspberry vodka, pomegranate liqueur, lychee liqueur and white cranberry juice are mixed together. A lychee garnishes each glass.

XIX Nineteen
200 S. Broad St.
(215) 790-1919

Whistler’s Mother:  

Named after the famous painting by James McNeill Whistler, Whistler’s Mother is a summer cocktail. Served at Sonesta Philadelphia’s Art Bar, this martini uses gin, fresh squeezed lime and simple syrup. The finishing touch is a garnish of cucumber and mint leaves.

Art Bar
1800 Market St.
(21) 561-7500

Dirty Goose Martini: 

The Dirty Goose Martini is a classic, served with Grey Goose Vodka, Noilly Prat Original dry vermouth, olive juice and topped off with bleu cheese-stuffed olives.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
1800 Market St.
(215) 790-1515